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An original duffle coat made in the Netherlands in the 1950s.
This style of coat was first used by the Royal Navy during the Second World War. The design was extremely popular leading to them becoming a popular coat in the post-war years with civilians. Whilst some people bought ex-military examples from army surplus or similar, many bought them new from private manufacturers.
Like its military counterpart the coat is made from a thick, fluffy wool which is very warm. The coat fastens with four toggles to the front and features tabs which fasten at the wrists. There is also a hood and two large patch pockets are located at the front of the coat. The design is extremely close to the military examples it is based on.
Inside the coat is a metal hanging chain which is a nice period feature. There are also two labels which are typical of the era. The one to the neck reads 'Leidse Feeduffle' and 'Waterproof 100% Wol'. A second, smaller label can be found to the skirt which bears the word 'Biesot' and a graphic of a sailing ship.
These coats are cut in a large, oversize manner as they were designed to be worn over uniform originally. When laid flat it measures -
Chest - 23 1/2"
Inside arm - 17 1/2"
Outside arm - 26"
Shoulders - 18 3/4"
Length - 41"
The coat is in good condition and is still very wearable. The only real flaw is that the lowest toggle is missing although the coat is still wearable. Please study the pictures before purchasing and bear in mind that this is a vintage, pre-worn coat.
A nice example of this design classic in good wearable condition.